"I was a postman one Christmas and I developed a morbid fear of dogs."
"A nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people."Diane Abbott on John F. Kennedy
"Pick the day. Enjoy it - to the hilt. The day as it comes. People as they come... The past, I think, has helped me appreciate the present - and I don't want to spoil any of it by fretting about the future."Diane Abbott on Audrey Hepburn
"I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. 'Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death."Diane Abbott on Thomas Paine
"We fear violence less than our own feelings. Personal, private, solitary pain is more terrifying than what anyone else can inflict."Diane Abbott on Jim Morrison
"What is needed, rather than running away or controlling or suppressing or any other resistance, is understanding fear that means, watch it, learn about it, come directly into contact with it. We are to learn about fear, not how to escape from it."Diane Abbott on Jiddu Krishnamurti
"My family were from Jamaica."
"Gun crime is a major cause of fear and distress throughout the UK. The problem is deeply entrenched in a wide range of social and cultural factors and therefore not an isolated issue."
"Families are struggling against a tide of junk information on junk food."
"When fast food is not a treat but a dietary staple, the children surf the internet all day in dark corners of the room and are bombarded with latest gadgets. Things replace parental standards."
"The honest truth is that if this government were to propose the massacre of the first-born, it would still have no difficulty in getting it through the Commons."